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South African Writer, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer Dies at 90

The South African writer Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90. She wrote more than two dozen works of fiction, three of which were banned under the apartheid regime. In 1991, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a statement, her family said her proudest moments included her testimony at a 1986 trial in defense of 22 members of the African National Congress who were accused of treason. The Nobel c ...

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Equatorial Guinea: African Union Discusses Creation of African Monetary Fund

Malabo, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) A project to create an African Monetary Fund is among the proposals being presented by regional leaders attending the 23rd Summit of the African Union (AU), which concludes its sessions in Equatorial Guinea''s capital today. The list of legal initiatives under discussion at the meeting also include AU Convention projects on cyber-security and another having to do with trans-bo ...

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“Journalism in Egypt is a Crime”: Global Outcry After 3 Al Jazeera Reporters Sentenced to 7-10 Years

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to between seven and 10 years in prison on terrorism charges, including "spreading false news" in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, deemed by the government a "terrorist group." Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been jailed since December in a case that’s stoked international outrage. The sentence came down one day after U.S. Sec ...

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Elephant Poaching Across Africa ‘Alarmingly High’

The level of elephant poaching across Africa remains alarmingly high, according to a new United Nations-backed report released on 13 June 2014, which also found an increase in the number of large seizures of ivory.* “Africa’s elephants continue to face an immediate threat to their survival from high-levels of poaching for their ivory and with over 20,000 elephants illegally killed last year, the situation r ...

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Virtual Media blackout about the G77 (in fact 133)+China summit

The Group of 77 at the United Nations is a loose coalition of developing nations, designed to promote its members' collective economic interests and create an enhanced joint negotiating capacity in the United Nations. There were 77 founding members of the organization, but by November 2013 the organization had since expanded to 133 member countries. Bolivia holds the Chairmanship for 2014. (Wikipedia) The 2 ...

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US backing of el-Sissi reminiscent of Mubarak era

With ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sworn in as Egypt's president, Washington has promised that it will cooperate with his government. Are US-Egyptian ties returning to the Mubarak-era status quo of military rule? More than three years ago, US President Barack Obama withdrew Washington's long-standing support for Hosni Mubarak, accelerating the former air force marshal's overthrow by mass demonstration ...

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Small Farmers’ Loss of Land Increases World Hunger

By Stephen Leahy UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 29 2014 (IPS) - The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world’s food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world’s farmland, a new report reveals. Corporate and commercial farms, big biofuel operations and land speculators are pushing millions off their land. “Small farmers ...

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Nigeria Abductions Grab the Spotlight

By Jim Lobe The fate of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the violent Islamist Boko Haram group from the northern Nigeria town of Chibok in mid-April has become something of a public sensation in the United States since the beginning of the month. Politicians and activists are calling for strong action by the U.S. to help the Nigerian government locate and rescue the girls, while the main television net ...

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Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Abduction of School Girls in Nigeria

1. The Government of Japan is deeply shocked and enraged by the fact that more than 200 school girls were abducted in Borno State, the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Their basic human rights have been severely violated by the Islamic extremist group, “Boko Haram.” Any violence committed by Boko Haram against innocent civilians, including bombing on the outskirts of Abuja, cannot be justified on any grounds or ...

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Over 300 Killed in New Massacre by Boko Haram

A new massacre by the Boko Haram in Nigeria has left several hundred people dead. Residents and local officials say dozens of Boko Haram gunmen attacked the northeast town of Gamboru Ngala on Monday. At least 336 people were killed and hundreds of homes and vehicles set on fire. Bodies were still lying in the street two days later. The town sits on the Cameroon border and was reportedly targeted because som ...

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